Questions about the branch of abstract algebra that deals with groups.

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### What is the kernel of the map $Out(\widehat{F_2})\rightarrow GL_2(\widehat{\mathbb{Z}})$?

Let $F_2$ be the free group on two generators, and $\widehat{F_2}$ its profinite completion. Let $Out(\widehat{F_2})$ be the outer automorphism group of $\widehat{F_2}$, ie, $Out(\widehat{F_2}) = ...

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### Guess that group via product queries

Suppose someone (person B) knows a finite group $G$ of order $n$.
You (person A) know only the order $n$,
and that $1$ is the name of the identity element.
The group elements are named $1,2,\ldots,n$ ...

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### Embedding $\mathrm{PGL}(n,q^h)$ in $\mathrm{PGL}(nh,q)$

It is not very hard to see that for each prime power $q$ and natural numbers $n,h$, we have an embedding
$$\iota \colon \mathrm{GL}(n,q^h) \hookrightarrow \mathrm{GL}(nh, q),$$
obtained by choosing a ...

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### Obstructions for a group to be the multiplicative group of a field [duplicate]

It is well known that every finite multiplicative subgroup of a field is cyclic.
I somehow got interested in a possible reverse implication:
Assume we have an abelian group $G$ whose every finite ...

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### How generic are Cayley graphs of non-Abelian groups with logarithmic girth?

Given a non-Abelian group $G$ I want to choose a symmetric generating set $S \subset G$ such that $Cay(G,S)$ has girth logarithmic in the size of the set. I want to know,
For which $G$ can the ...

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### Explicit examples of Dehn presentations of hyperbolic groups

It is well known fact that a (f.g.) group is hyperbolic if and only if it admits a (finite) Dehn presentation.
My question concerns something I'm struggling with since the first time I read the proof ...

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### Analogues of the Monster for central charges different from 24

One way to define the Monster group is to consider a conformal field theory (CFT) corresponding to central charge $c=24$ and look at the automorphism group of its vertex operator algebra. For one of ...

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### Does every group that satisfies the maximal permutizer condition then satisfy the permutizer condition?

The
permutizer of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ is defined to be the subgroup generated by all cyclic subgroups of $G$ that permute with $H$,
i.e. $\langle x \in G | \langle x \rangle H = H \langle x \rangle ...

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### Class field towers

It is known (Golod and Shafarevich) that the class field tower of a finite extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ may be infinite. But is it always finite for $K=\mathbb{Q}[\zeta]$ where $\zeta$ is a root of ...

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### Does Kaplansky's Zero Divisor Conjecture hold valid for (torsion-free) residually finite groups?

Kaplansky's Zero Divisor Conjecture states that the group algebra $KG$ has no zero divisor for any field $K$ and any torsion-free group $G$.
Does Kaplansky's Zero Divisor Conjecture hold valid ...

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### Limit Group decomposition

I would need a clarification about a statement in the article Limit groups and groups acting freely on $\mathbb{R}^n$-trees by Vincent Guirardel.
First recall that a limit group is a finitely ...

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### Action of semidirect products of cyclic groups

Is there anything known about group actions of $C_{p}\rtimes C_{p}^{*}$ on the ring of real polynomials $\mathbb{R}[X_{1},\ldots,X_{n}]$, where $C_{p}$ denotes the cyclic group of order $p$ and $p$ is ...

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### “Relative cone types” for groups relative to some collection of subgroups

It is a well known fact that an infinite hyperbolic group contains an element of infinite order (see e.g. Bridson, Haefliger, Metric spaces of non-positive curvature, Prop. 2.22 on p. 458)
I am ...

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### Orbits of the maximal compact subgroup on the light cone for $p$-adic groups

It is known that if $Q$ is an indefinite non-degenerate quadratic form on $ \mathbb{R}^n$ with $n \ge 3$, then any maximal compact subgroup $K$ of the orthogonal group $SO(Q)$ acts transitively on the ...

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### Pro-G_p*G_q topology, profinite topology

Let $W=G_p*G_q$, where $G_p$ and $G_q$ are pseudovarieties of
all finite $p$-groups and all finite $q$-groups respectively, with $p$ and $q$ fixed prime numbers. The pro-$W$ topology on a group $G$ is ...

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### Uncountable cardinals and Prufer $p$-groups

Let $A$ be an elementary Abelian uncountable $p$-group. Is it known if there is an action of a Prufer $q$-group (here $q$ is a prime not necessarily distinct from $p$) $C_{q^{\infty}}$ onto $A$ such ...

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### amalgamation of locally finite groups

It is well known that in category of groups there are Push-outs so it is possible to realize amalgamation in some kind of most free way. My question is what about category of locally free groups? I ...

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### Generating finite groups using subgroups

For finite groups $L \leq K$ we define $d(L,K)$ to be the least $n \in \mathbb{N}$ for which there exist $a_1, \dots, a_n \in K$ such that $\langle L, a_1 \dots, a_n \rangle = K$.
Is there some $m ...

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### Why is the polynomial relating the invariants of a binary polyhedral group fixed by an overgroup?

Let $G$ be a finite subgroup of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$ and $N \triangleleft G$ a normal subgroup. Let $x, y, z$ be the fundamental invariants for the standard action of $N$ on $\mathbb{C}^2$, ...

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### The free group of a group and the kernel of a canonical morphism

Let $G$ be a group and $F_G$ the free group on the set $G$. Then there exists a canonical surjective morphism ${\rm can}: F_G \to G \to 1$ constructed as follows: let $(e_x)_{x \in G}$ be a copy as a ...

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### Explicit permutation representation of the Thompson sporadic simple group?

The Thompson group Th of order $90745943887872000$ is one of the sporadic simple groups occurring in the classification of finite simple groups.
Its maximal subgroups are known (see ...

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### Generators of the colored braid group (two colors), reference

I consider the group $B_{n,n}$, the braids, colored in two colors, say all odd strings are black and all even strings are white.
It is easy to find a set of generators for $B_{n,n}$:
$$
\begin{cases}
...

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### projective representation of supergroup

In fact, I am not very clear about what I am asking, but I am looking for a concrete example of supergroup which has non-trivial projective representation(some supergroup similar to usual Lie group ...

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### For discrete groups, does the Haagerup property imply the AP of Haagerup-Kraus?

I don't expect to find an explicit counterexample to my question, because any example which was known to have the Haagerup property yet not have AP would have given an exact group without AP, and the ...

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### Topological systems of imprimitivity

Let $G$ be a group acting by homeomorphisms on a topological space $X$. $G$ is topologically transitive if every open $G$-invariant subset of $X$ is empty or dense.
Here is an attempt to define ...

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### Must the powers of some element always grow linearly with respect to a word metric?

Suppose we have a group $G$ which is finitely generated , and let $|\cdot |$ denote some word metric on it. Must there be an element $a\in G$ such that $|a^n|\ge c\cdot n$ for some $c>0$?
My ...

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### The name of a group of order 24 [closed]

I encountered a group $G =\langle(1,3,2,4),(3,5,4,6)\rangle\subseteq S_6$ in my study, but I do not know its name.
Let $f=(1,3,2,4)$ and $g=(3,5,4,6)$. We have $g^2=fg^2f$, and thus $\langle ...

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### Homology and Burnside ring

If $G$ is a finite groupe, we denote $\mathcal{S}(G)$ the category of finite $G$-sets and $\mbox{I}(G)$ the set of isomorphism classes of it's objects. The Burnside ring of $G$, denoted by ...

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### Groups acting on complexes

Let $G$ be a finite group. We define a $G$-simplicial complex $\mathcal{A}(G)$ with set of vertices $G^*:=G-\{e\}$ and the simplices are the abelian subsets of $G^*$. The groupe $G$ act simplicially ...

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### Rank of a special linear group over a finite field

What is the rank (minimal number of group generators) of $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ in the situation when $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ is not perfect (i.e. when $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ is different from $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_2)$ ...

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### direct product of a finite group with an infinite symmetric group [closed]

Cross-posted from MSE: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1226622/15624.
Let $G$ be any finite group, and $S_{\aleph_0}$ the group of all bijections $\mathbb{Z}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$.
Is $G\times ...

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### Upper bound of |Aut(G)| for a p-group

If G is a p-group which is finitely generated with order p^n then what is the upper bound of |Aut(G)|.

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### Coherent subgroups of $F_2 \times F_2$

A group is coherent if its finitely generated subgroups are finitely presented. For instance, $F_2 \times F_2$ is a well-known example of incoherent group. My question is:
Is a subgroup of $F_2 ...

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### Products of subgroups of a free group

Let $F$ be a free group, and let $A,B \leq F$ be two subgroups such that $AB$ contains a nontrivial normal subgroup of $F$. Must either $A$ or $B$ contain a nontrivial normal subgroup of $F$?
What if ...

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### Nonabelian topological fundamental group of a conjugate variety

Let $X$ be a pointed algebraic variety over the field of complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$.
Let $\pi_1^{\rm top}(X)$ and $\pi_1^{\mathrm{\acute{e}t}}(X)$ denote the topological and the étale fundamental ...

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### Subgroups of $Sp_{2g}$ giving rise to Shimura data

Consider the Shimura datum $(GSp_{2g},\mathcal{H}_g)$. Let $G$ be a reductive $\mathbb{Q}$-subgroup of $Sp_{2g}$. I want to know under what condition there exists a point $x\in\mathcal{H}_g$ such that ...

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### products of conjugates in free groups

While trying to carry out some technical arguments in free groups, I have encountered the following problem, to which I don't know the answer.
Let $F$ be a free group and let $g,a_1,\ldots,a_n \in ...

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### Behaviour of first $l^2$-Betti number under quotienting

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, and let $H = G / N$ be a quotient of it. We have two observations:
1) In general, it is $\textbf{not}$ true that $\beta_1^{(2)}(G) = 0 \Rightarrow ...

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### On a permutation module for GL(n,q)

Let $G=GL(n,q)$ be the general linear group of degree $n$ over the $q$ element field. Let $X$ be the set of full rank $n\times r$ matrices where $1\leq r\leq n$. Then $G$ acts transitively on the ...

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### The automorphism groups of smallest grammars of a language string are isomorphic

Let $s \in \Sigma^*$ be a formal language string. Consider the automorphism group of $s$, defined to be the set of all permutations of positions of $s$ that leave $s$ fixed. For instance $G(abab) = ...

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### Scotts Theorem for one ended Fuchsian groups

in Peter Scott's work "Subgroups of Surface groups are almost geometric" is proven that for a closed surface $S$ and any fin. gen. subgroup $U$ of $G:=\pi_1(S,x)$ there exists a finitely sheeted ...

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### A problem with pointwise stabilizer subgroups of fixed-point subspaces II

Definitions: Let $W$ be a representation of a group $G$, $K$ a subgroup of $G$, and $X$ a subspace of $W$.
Let the fixed-point subspace $W^{K}:=\{w \in W \ \vert \ kw=w \ , \forall k \in K \}$.
Let ...

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### A problem with pointwise stabilizer subgroups of fixed-point subspaces I

Definitions: Let $W$ be a representation of a group $G$, $K$ a subgroup of $G$, and $X$ a subspace of $W$.
Let the fixed-point subspace $W^{K}:=\{w \in W \ \vert \ kw=w \ , \forall k \in K \}$.
Let ...

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### One question about iteration on groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, $H$ a subgroup of $G$ of index $n$, with $a_i$ a set of coset representatives and $$G=\displaystyle\bigcup_{i=1}^nH{a_i}.$$
Let $\phi:H\rightarrow G$ be a ...

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### Decidable properties of the Cayley complex of a presentation

Let $X= X(P)$ be the Cayley complex of a finite group presentation $P=<S | R>$. Are there geometric properties of $X$ that are known to be decidable by an algorithm that takes $P$ as input? For ...

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### Is there a nonabelian finite simple group with Grothendieck ring of multiplicity one?

Let $G$ be a finite group. It admits finitely many irreducible complex representations $H_1, \dots, H_r$ which generate, for $\oplus$ and $\otimes$, the Grothendieck ring $\mathcal{G}(G)$ of $G$ (also ...

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### Represent matrix immanants using Schur functions

For each irreducible character $\chi^\lambda$ of the symmetric group $S_n$, the immanant of an $n\times n$ square matrix $A$ is defined as
\begin{equation*}
d_\lambda(A) := \sum_{\sigma \in S_n} ...

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### Normal subgroup of a totally ordered group

A totally ordered group is a group equipped with a compatible total order, that is, $x\leq y$ and $z\leq t$ imply $x+z\leq y+t$ for all $x,y,z,t$ in the group.
Is it true that every totally ordered ...

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### Unipotent orbit in adjoint group over finite field

[Editted: The assertion is wrong; see Jay's answer]
My apology if this question is too simple. I am reading Deligne-Lusztig "Reductive groups over finite fields" and at the beginning of Chap. 4, ...

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### Adeles and twisted adeles

Let $\mu_n$ denote the group of $n$-th roots of unity in ${\mathbb{C}}$, i.e., $\mu_n=\ker[{\mathbb{C}}^*\overset{n}{\longrightarrow}{\mathbb{C}}^*]$.
We set
$$ \mu=\varinjlim_n \mu_n\subset ...